Nadar, "Self Portrait, Posed in a Balloon Basket," 1862.  Albumen print carte-de-visite.  SBMA, Museum purchase, 19th century Art Acquisition Fund.

Crosscurrents: American and European Portrait Photographs, 1840-1900

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State Street
Santa Barbara, California

Assembling striking works from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art’s distinguished collection, this exhibition reveals how photographic portraiture blossomed in the later six decades of the 19th century. Originally intended to mimic the genre of portrait painting, by 1900 portrait photography had evolved to emphasize many unique and intriguing technical properties of the medium itself, with photographers persuasively arguing for photography’s status as an art form in its own right. Some of the most successful commercial photographers were trained in the fine arts, including Nadar, Roger Fenton, and Henry Collen. In fact, the cachet of early portrait photography stemmed largely from its ability to replicate the colorful effects, dignified poses, and lavish surroundings of painted portraits. As the decades unfolded and technical processes expanded, artists such as Julia Margaret Cameron, Alfred Stieglitz, and Edward Steichen began to embrace a range of medium-specific possibilities, experimenting with exposure times, darkroom manipulation and even narrative allusions. Rather than constituting a freestanding genre, then, portrait photography was nourished by a constantly evolving relationship with its painted predecessor. From captivating hybrid works dating from just after the birth of photography in the late 1830s to artful Pictorialist expressions at the dawn of the 20th century, this exhibition presents a remarkable opportunity to see nearly 100 works of photographic art rarely on view, and attests to the endless fascination of the human face and form in art and in life.

Upcoming Events

Edith Baumann, Untitled No.  4 (1977)
  • September 15 - November 10, 2018
  • Los Angeles, California

Edith Baumann: Early Works

Parrasch Heijnen Gallery
1326 S. Boyle Avenue
Los Angeles, California

www.parraschheijnen.com

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“Daphnis and Chloè: Megacles Recognizes His Daughter During the Feast, 1961” Color Lithograph, hand-colored by Chagall on Arches paper
  • September 15 - October 31, 2018
  • Beverly Hills, California

Galerie Michael Celebrates 40th Anniversary With Marc Chagall Exhibition

Galerie Michael

Galerie Michael
224 N Rodeo Drive
Beverly Hills, California

https://galeriemichael.com/

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Richard Hearns, Movement Countermovement, 2017, oil on Belgian linen, 180 x 135 cm, © Richard Hearns, by courtesy of Cadogan Contemporary
  • September 17 - October 5, 2018
  • London , United Kingdom

Richard Hearns: Journey 

Cadogan Contemporary
87 Old Brompton Rd
London , United Kingdom

https://www.cadogancontemporary.com/

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  • September 20 - October 21, 2018
  • Shanghai, China
  • September 21-23, 2018
Townlets, Installation detail, The Art House Wakefield, May 2018
  • September 21 - November 3, 2018
  • London, United Kingdom
  • September 21 - October 11, 2018
  • NYC, New York
  • September 22-28, 2018
  • Beachwood, Ohio
Russian icon of the Virgin Akhtirskaya made in Moscow between 1896 and 1908 by the Russian artisan Ivan Khlebnikov, measuring 40 inches tall by 27 inches wide (est.  $15,000-$25,000).
  • September 22-23, 2018
  • New Orleans, Louisiana

Crescent City Auction Gallery, Sept. 22-23

Crescent City Auction Gallery
1330 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana

http://www.crescentcityauctiongallery.com

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Two original hand-colored etchings by John James Audubon (Haitian-American, 1785-1851) will be offered, to include Ivory-Billed Woodpeckers (est.  $6,000-$9,000).
  • September 22, 2018
  • Cranston, Rhode Island

Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, Sept. 22nd in Cranston, R.I.

Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
63 Fourth Avenue
Cranston, Rhode Island

http://www.bruneauandco.com

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Coca-Cola animated polar bear telephone, one of many Coke collectibles (and novelty phones) in the auction.
  • September 22, 2018
  • Panama City, Florida

The Specialists of the South, Inc., Sept. 22nd estate auction

The Specialists of the South, Inc.

The Specialists of the South
544 East 6th Street
Panama City, Florida

http://www.specialistsofthesouth.com

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